GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel December 13, 2015 — Everyone loves Facebook. At least, most people love Facebook. This article is not about Facebook, it is about the man who runs it and, ultimately, is chiefly responsible for its policies. That man, for those of you living under some very large rocks, is Mark Zuckerberg.
Sadly, a number of exposed Facebook policies combined with statements recently made by the man who created the social network shows just how twisted American liberals have become when it comes to the fair treatment of Israel.
Even more regrettably, the American Jewish community, which, whether he likes it or not, Zuckerberg is identified with, appears more keen than most to distance themselves from being perceived as advocating fair treatment of the Jewish State as fast as they can.
Mark Zuckerberg has embodied this self-flagellating anti-Israel double standard with astonishing transparency in recent weeks.
With seemingly the entire world in an uproar due to Donald Trump’s call to halt the entry of Muslims into America, Zuckerberg, like most other Jews rushed to show his support for the American Muslim community. In a post on (where else) his Facebook page Wednesday, Zuckerberg wrote
I want to add my voice in support of Muslims in our community and around the world.
After the Paris attacks and hate this week, I can only imagine the fear Muslims feel that they will be persecuted for the actions of others.
As a Jew, my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities. Even if an attack isn’t against you today, in time attacks on freedom for anyone will hurt everyone.
If you’re a Muslim in this community, as the leader of Facebook I want you to know that you are always welcome here and that we will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you.
Having a child has given us so much hope, but the hate of some can make it easy to succumb to cynicism. We must not lose hope. As long as we stand together and see the good in each other, we can build a better world for all people.
Coming out in support of the Muslim community, in and of itself, is not reprehensible. Even doing it while evoking Jewish values is not in-and-of-itself problematic. In fact, many would call it honorable.
To this point, a number of organizations that exist primarily to defend the Jewish People, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center, have publicly condemned Mr. Trump’s statement. Additionally, according to documents released by the State Department this week, a whopping sixteen of the organizations that have agreed to help place the Syrian refugees that the Obama Administration is letting into America are Jewish, including Jewish Family Services in San Francisco, San Diego, Pittsburgh and Chicago.
While there is certainly a case to be made that it is, at best, bizarre and, at worst, ghastly, that organizations established and supported to provide for the Jewish community are diverting resources to help non-Jews (including many who are openly hostile to Jews), at least the good done by these organizations for Jews is substantial as well.
The same cannot be said for Mr. Zuckerberg.
As a new wave of Palestinian terror has descended upon the people of Israel, social media continues to play a significant and growing role.
According to Shurat HaDin (The Israel Law Center), a non-profit legal organization dedicated to the protection of Israel,
“One of the significant characteristics of the current terror wave is the incitement on the social media networks, headed by Facebook…This incitement consists of the Facebook pages of many young Palestinians who inflame their friends to embark on terrorist attacks, provocative videos glorifying and encouraging terrorist attacks, instructions for terrorists “How to Carry out a Terrorist Attack” – all on Facebook.”
Initially the Israeli Foreign Ministry reached out to Facebook, asking them to take down any posts that incite violence against innocent Israelis but Zuckerberg and Co. simply said that they have no interest in getting involved in content posted on their site, as they are simply the bulletin board, not the authors of the bulletins and that they have no way of monitoring the content posted.
Therefore, in October Shurat HaDin filed a lawsuit against Facebook. According to the Shurat HaDin website they filed the suit, “against Facebook on behalf of some 20,000 Israelis to stop allowing Palestinian terrorists to incite violent attacks against Israeli citizens and Jews on its internet platform. The Complaint seeks an injunction against Facebook requiring it to monitor incitement and to respond immediately to complaints about inciting content.”
The lawyers at Shurat HaDin argued that Facebook can’t claim that they are not able to monitor content posted on their site considering it, “utilizes sophisticated algorithms to serve personalized ads, monitor users’ activities and connect them to potential friends” and claims it “has the ability to monitor and block postings by extremists and terrorists urging violence just as it restricts pornography.”
The complaint went a step further, claiming that, “Facebook is much more than a neutral internet platform or a mere “publisher” of speech because its algorithms connect the terrorists to the inciters. Facebook actively assists the inciters to find people who are interested in acting on their hateful messages by offering friend, group and event suggestions and targeting advertising based on people’s online “likes” and internet browsing history.
Additionally, Facebook often refuses to take down the inciting pages, claiming that they do not violate its “community standards.” As the head of Shurat HaDin, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, put it, ““Facebook is fanning the flames of the current Palestinian intifada and its refusals to actively monitor and block the incitement to violence is an outrageous abandonment of its obligations to the public.”
Even more shockingly, around the same time that the law suit was filed Facebook was found to be blocking anyone trying to post an article entitled “Things We Need to Stop Hearing About the ‘Stabbing Intifada,”’ written by famous French philosopher and activist Bernard-Henri Lévy.
According to The Algemenier, in the article, “Lévy refers in passing to the popular use of Facebook as a tool for Islamists to build support for their cause, and highlights a slew of injustices surrounding the latest wave of Palestinian stabbing attacks against Israeli Jews sweeping the Holy Land.”
So here we have Facebook, brainchild of “Jewish altruist” Mark Zuckerberg, refusing to help fight the incitement to kill innocent Israelis and instead continues to allow his platform to play a pivotal role in the organization and glorification of those brutal attacks.
Why is the murder of Jews not something that violates the apparent Jewish ethics taught to Zuckerberg by his parents? Why were there no posts on Mr. Zuckerberg’s personal page with him “adding his voice in support” of the Jewish people, HIS Jewish people, who are under attack? Why doesn’t he, “as the leader of Facebook,” want Jews to know that they are “always welcome here and that,” they will “fight to protect” their “rights and create a peaceful and safe environment,” for them?
It is because liberal American Jews like Zuckerberg have abandoned the Jewish State in order to curry favor with the rest of the Israel-hating left. In order to be a member of the liberal institution these days you must first cleanse yourself of any Zionist sympathies. According to the new liberal ethos Jewish blood is simply less valuable and, whether you are Jewish or not, you are expected to adopt this line of reasoning.
This is why the murder of innocent Israelis receive virtually no news coverage in America and barley a mention from the Obama Administration while a statement (no not actual violence but just a statement) by a presidential candidate has sent the entire liberal world into a seemingly never-ending tirade of sanctimoniousness.
Shame on you Mark Zuckerberg.
Many people, Jews and non-Jews alike, look up to you as an innovator and man who claims to fight for social progress. Your unfathomable abandonment of your “Jewish” principles when it comes to fairness for the Jewish State is beyond the pale. In language you can understand, there is nothing to “like” about your sickening double-standard and your dishonesty coupled with your self-righteousness shows you for the true coward you are.
Good luck sharing this article on Facebook.